Mexican Pork Bites

Easy party food.

These little bites are packed with flavour but take only minutes to make. They are therefore ideal for the busy Christmas party season or if unexpected guests arrive.

I used pork mince (ground pork) to make these, but beef or even turkey mince would also work well.

I also cheated and used store-bought guacamole dip rather than making my own. (Although I do think the smooth texture worked better than a chunky guacamole.) If you don’t like avocado then use a tomato-based salsa instead.

I adapted this recipe from one I found on the BBC Good Food website.

Ingredients – makes about 20 bites:

  • 500g/1 lb pork mince (ground)
  • 2 spring (salad/green) onions, finely chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • smooth guacamole, to serve

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into a medium bowl and use your clean hands to mix together.
  • Form the pork mixture into small balls, then flatten slightly. (This longer shape is ideal for dipping.) Place onto a plate. Cover the plate with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until you are ready to cook – this can be overnight if required.
  • To cook, you can either pan fry or bake. To bake, heat your oven to 200C/180C fan forced/390F and place the bites on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes or until just turning slightly golden. Tip: baking will give a lower fat version as the fat drips away from the bites, but pan frying will give a deeper colour.
  • Serve immediately with guacamole on the side for dipping.
  • Enjoy!

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